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  • Apr 9th, 2018 @ 4:48am

    PGP Key

    The fact that he makes a stink about exchanging PGP keys to facilitate secure data sharing tells you pretty much everything you need to know about their security philosophies.

  • Feb 13th, 2018 @ 6:12pm

    Pardon Me, But...

    Did I read that correctly? Did Blackbird try to patent man-in-the-middle attacks?

  • Feb 12th, 2018 @ 4:45am

    Double Standards

    Of course he won't. Since when has law enforcement been held to the same standards as the general public?

  • Nov 7th, 2017 @ 1:12pm


    SESTA: SWATting for the 21st Century

  • Oct 27th, 2017 @ 11:15am

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    "Charter just got done gobbling up Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers in a $79 billion deal..."

    Actually, the deal was for $10 million, but after the papers were signed, there was a merger recovery fee, a regional office fee and a few overages that bumped the price up.

    However, Time Warner & Bright House both declared that they did this in the spirit of transparency.

  • Jul 28th, 2017 @ 5:16pm

    Marketplace Confusion

    I am a resident of the Tampa Bay area, so I'm very familiar with the Cigar City moniker. However, in terms of popularity, Cigar City Brewing is probably the most well known, even in the broader Tampa Bay metropolitan area, well outside of Ybor City and the rich Cuban community. I will admit, the first time I saw Cigar City Salsa in the store, I was curious as to whether it was the same company, since I really wasn't familiar with either one's labeling. But in the end, the company itself or it's reputation didn't inform my decision on whether or not to buy. I just prefer other beers and salsas. Now I probably won't buy the beer just on principle.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 12:51pm

    Pejorative Terms

    "On the debate’s flip side, there are those who use pejorative terms like “pirates” to describe those accused of Copyright Act violations. In truth, none of these or other puerile terms are helpful to sober legal analysis. Quite the opposite. The terms are mentioned here only because they are sprinkled prolifically throughout the literature, and even some court opinions, on this topic. In all, the defense would discourage use of such invectives, as they are analytically unhelpful and unnecessarily inflammatory."

    Paul better watch himself. If he's not careful, he might accidentally admit to everybody that copyright infringement isn't actually theft.

  • Mar 27th, 2017 @ 12:25pm


    I hope this doesn't mean you have to forward Amber Rudd a royalty check every time you sell that on a shirt (which you sooooooooo know you're going to do).

  • Jan 11th, 2017 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re: RFCs

    Yeah, about that. I read the actual filing. I see a lot of people giving him metaphorical reacharounds, but I did a text search, and I do not see the letters RFC anywhere in that document.

  • Jan 3rd, 2017 @ 12:03pm

    Well, THERE's your problem....

    "Imagine a young man called Daniel Snowberg. He has a doctorate in international relations, and once spent a summer interning at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the think tank specializing in digital freedom."

    Okay, let's face it. If he had even so much as had a bookmark in his browser pointing to the EFF, he'd have never even been allowed in the building at the NSA or CIA.

  • Oct 25th, 2016 @ 9:01am

    Vexation without representation

    "'The people in the creative community are furious about the fact that this was done,' says a lawyer who works for organizations that support strong copyright laws..."

    I am a content creator, a musician, a digital artist and a writer. I am also more reasonably versed in copyright than the average bear. I am internet savvy as well, and have a host of tools at my disposal to flex my reasonably ordinary artistic muscles. I don't possess massive distribution channels, cross-licensing capabilities, or hordes of capital to keep me "lawyered up".

    But I am also not in the minority, and this anonymous legal honk does not speak for me.

  • Oct 20th, 2016 @ 9:04am

    Usage Caps

    I think this also puts a chink into the ISP argument for usage caps as well. If you're getting gigabit speeds to the home, then there has to be a stout backbone to support multiple users and subnets for it. And if the bulk of your customers are sitting around 25-50Mb, then you've got an EXTREME amount of headroom in the pipe, sometimes even during peak times. IMO, this makes the idea of a usage cap even more ridiculous and empty than it already is.

  • Sep 9th, 2016 @ 7:17am

    Utter BS

    "the next few weeks you'll see a barrage of new editorials trying to claim that cable box competition will hurt the children, frighten puppies, and almost certainly rip a giant hole in the time-space continuum."

    I think that's an incredibly shallow, insensitive, hyperbolic statement to make, and you should be ashamed of yourself, Karl. We're sick and tired of being marginalized in this discussion, and demand that you be more inclusive next time.

    The War On Terror and The War On Drugs

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 7:34am


    The only thing that bothers me here is that we're seeing basically the same thing that happened with Gawker: somebody with deep pockets trying to run another company down. In Gawker's case, it was litigating out of existence. In St. Jude's, it's driving the stock price down. Now, the argument can be made that motivations were different, that MedSEC is maybe a shred more altruistic than Theil, and that this isn't anywhere near likely to put St. Jude out of business (not directly, anyway), but it's still an interesting thought exercise.

    Just throwing that out there.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 @ 3:12pm

    Senate Hearing

    Senator McCain: Call to order. We finally have an expert witness from the tech field here with us, who's going to use his weak arguments and failed analysis to try and tell us why weakened security is a bad thing.

    Industry Nerd: Thank you senator for your time. I'll be brief, I only have one exhibit. This is what happens when security is weakened.

    (boots up a ten-year-old Windows computer with no updates)

    (picks up mic off stand, drops it on the floor, and walks out)

  • Jul 15th, 2016 @ 9:11am

    Misallocation Of Resources

    And yet millions of women refuse to report abuse from a significant other because they feel that the police don't take them seriously, or that the authorities have made the bar for reporting abuse too high.

    It's amazing how motivated the police can be when things align with their interests.

  • Apr 8th, 2016 @ 4:58am

    By any other name

    We here as a community at Techdirt are quite familiar with all of this. We even have a name for it, thanks to Bruce Schneier: "security theatre". It's the same performance on a different stage.

    Law enforcement providing the illusion that they're "doing something". And nobody in the press or the public is going to revisit this in a year to see the fruits of the state's labor. As a resident of Florida, I see it all too often coming from Polk County's finest and the infamous Grady Judd.

    I would love to see John Oliver and the crew at Last Week Tonight do a piece on this. It seems right up their alley.

    Are you listening, John?!? (flushing jokes withheld)

  • Mar 11th, 2016 @ 9:29am

    An Important Distinction

    "We know there are great people in the DoJ and the FBI. We work shoulder to shoulder with them all the time. That's why this cheap shot brief surprises us so much. We help when we're asked to. We're honest about what we can and cannot do."

    This is the great duality of any government entity. The "great people" he refers to are the boots on the ground, agents that do all of the heavy lifting within both the DOJ and the FBI. They are the end nodes on the organizational chart, if they even show up there at all.

    After you elevate past a certain level, you cease to find useful people, and start coming across bureaucrats. Make no mistake. Comey and his ilk are not law enforcement. They're politicians.

  • Mar 10th, 2016 @ 2:54pm

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat

    Isn't this why people are so disenfranchised with the federal government? The arrogant hardline stance that they know how to handle our stuff better than we do? Doesn't really matter if it's our own bodies (abortion, drugs, healthcare), our own property (eminent domain, asset forfeiture, triennial DMCA exemptions), or in some cases, our own opinions (lobbyists and cronyism contravening the will of the people). And with an alleged consolidation of power in various critical segments of the public sector, it's a wonder they haven't gotten further than they have.

  • Feb 22nd, 2016 @ 3:09pm

    I've said it before

    The goal of terrorism is to make you fearful. Murder is just a means to an end, and the fear doesn't have to spawn from the perpetrator.

    The day that the federal government started curtailing civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, making us jerk and twitch at the slightest mention of bad people, is the day the goal was achieved. Whether anybody died from the act is immaterial to the results.

    Rest assured that if Farook had survived, the FBI would have surely used some form of liberty-depriving investigative technique to get the information it needed. To paraphrase a snippet of an old parable, it's in the snake's nature.

    In the context of the situation, Apple's biggest sin here (along with anybody who owns, operates, or manufactures a cell phone) is that they're the ones still living.

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